01. March 2016 · Comments Off on U.S. wind bigger business than America’s favorite pastime · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Building new wind farms in the United States has added $13 billion a year, on average, to the American economy over the past five years — more than the annual revenue generated by Major League Baseball each year, according to new information from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Beyond Major League Baseball, wind’s average annual project investment in the U.S. over the last five years is also the same as the annual revenue generated by the National Football League, AWEA notes.

Source: U.S. wind bigger business than America’s favorite pastime – SmartGridNews

22. November 2015 · Comments Off on Rudd sets ultimatum for next wave of offshore wind farms  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The government has threatened to halt subsidies for new offshore wind farms over the next four years unless the industry can slash the cost of new projects.Announcing details of the government’s energy policy “reset” this morning, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said her department would run three auctions over the course of this parliament that would allow low carbon technologies to compete for price support contracts. However, she warned there would be “no more blank cheques” for offshore wind farms, and that future auctions would depend on developers cutting costs. “Further support will be strictly conditional on the cost reductions we have seen already accelerating. The technology needs to move quickly to cost competitiveness,” she said.

Source: Rudd sets ultimatum for next wave of offshore wind farms – 18 Nov 2015 – News from BusinessGreen

21. May 2015 · Comments Off on Why Australia will lead the world in solar + storage · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Germany, Japan, and the US are regarded as the leaders in grid-level energy storage – due to the combination of government mandates and the need to incorporate large amounts of built and planned solar and wind farms.It is Australia, though, that is widely considered to be the testing ground for storage, both behind the meter and on the network, and the country that will define how storage is more widely implemented. That’s largely due to its huge rates of penetration of rooftop solar, which is driving both challenges and opportunities for grid operators, retailers and consumers alike.

Source: Why Australia will lead the world in solar + storage : Renew Economy

28. April 2015 · Comments Off on EU financing German offshore wind project  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Germany is planning the build of 20 offshore wind farms, and the European Union (EU) has found that the project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.

According to the EU Commission for Energy, 17 of the wind farms will be located in the North Sea and three of them will be located in the Baltic Sea. Germany announced their plans for the wind farms in October 2014.

Source: EU financing German offshore wind project – FierceEnergy

22. April 2015 · Comments Off on NB Power looks to small-scale renewable energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

NB Power says as part of its goal to generate 40 per cent of its in-province sales from renewable sources by 2020, it will encourage locally owned, small-scale green energy.

The plan would involve co-operatives and First Nations communities building and owning wind farms, solar panels, small hydro projects, biomass or biogas facilities. NB Power would buy the energy from the communities. The Crown corporation currently has similar agreements with wind farms and other projects run by private companies.

via NB Power looks to small-scale renewable energy – New Brunswick – CBC News.

21. April 2015 · Comments Off on EU financing German offshore wind project · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Germany is planning the build of 20 offshore wind farms, and the European Union (EU) has found that the project falls within the scope of EU state aid rules.

According to the EU Commission for Energy, 17 of the wind farms will be located in the North Sea and three of them will be located in the Baltic Sea. Germany announced their plans for the wind farms in October 2014.

via EU financing German offshore wind project – FierceEnergy.

12. March 2015 · Comments Off on China’s wind farms can now produce more energy than all of America’s nuclear plants · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

China is building more than a third of the world’s nuclear reactors currently under construction, and has plans to triple its nuclear power capacity by 2020. That has some observers worried about the country’s opaque and politicized nuclear safety regulations.

But amid all the hype over nuclear power, China has been expanding its wind power capacity at an even faster clip. Last year, China’s wind farms reached a capacity of 115,000 megawatts, compared with just 20,000 megawatts from its nuclear sector. (To be sure, capacity is different than the actual amount of energy created.)

via China’s wind farms can now produce more energy than all of America’s nuclear plants – Quartz.

02. December 2014 · Comments Off on Wind Power Dominates New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity In October · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Wind power provided over two-thirds (68.41%) of new U.S. electrical generating capacity in October, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Specifically, the FERC statistics say five wind farms in Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came online last month, accounting for 574 MW of new capacity.

via Renew Grid: Content / New & Noteworthy / Wind Power Dominates New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity In October.

13. November 2014 · Comments Off on Scotland’s wind farms pumped out more power than the country needs · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Scotland launched its smart grid and renewable energy initiatives early on and is now enjoying the pay off. The country’s wind farms in September provided 126 percent of the total domestic demand for electricity.

According to an article in businessGreen, homes in Edinburgh with solar installations met an average of 47 percent of their energy requirements while solar-equipped Glasgow homes provided 37 percent of their own power.

via Smart Grid: Scotland’s wind farms pumped out more power than the country needs.

15. April 2014 · Comments Off on Wind farm expansion will require fridges to be switched off at times of peak demand · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Household fridges and freezers will need to be automatically switched off at times when Britain’s electricity demand is high, in order to keep the lights on as Britain becomes more reliant on wind energy, experts say.

The current electricity grid will struggle to cope with the number of wind farms expected to be built by the early 2020s because the power they produce is so intermittent, according to a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

via Wind farm expansion will require fridges to be switched off at times of peak demand – Telegraph.